We’re all striving for a green home these days; the more we can do to help, the better! Here are some helpful ways we can make our homes as eco-friendly as possible.
An eco-friendly home means we’ve done our best to save energy and preserve what we have. More and more homes across the globe are doing their bit to help and if you’ve not already started, there are so many ways you can jump on the bandwagon. From switching your energy source to using less water and recycling, you’ll be on the road to a green home in no time!
If you’re new to the eco-friendly game, it’s a good idea to start with the smaller things and work your way up to bigger ones. Something as small as recycling plastic instead of throwing it away in your normal rubbish bin can help, as well as turning off the tap while you’re brushing your teeth. Once these little things are nailed on the head, you can start really thinking about bigger ways to save energy and resources.
1. Think about where your energy is coming from.
If you’re using gas or electricity, you’ve probably noticed the prices increasing every year whether you like it or not. Maybe it’s time you considered switching where your energy comes from to not only make a difference to your bank balance, but to help the environment too. Home heating oil from Rix is a sustainable way to heat your home and works a lot quicker than your usual heating method. From reusing the oil in your tank, you get a lot more for your money, along with expert help and advice along the way.
2. Rethink how you use lighting.
The lights in your home use up an awful lot of energy. Combine this with forgetting to switch of the lights when you leave the room and you’re suddenly hit with a huge bill at the end of the month. To save more energy here, always keep lighting to a minimum and ensure that whenever you leave the room, you switch off those lights too. Even make a sign if you’re likely to forget! Replacing your light bulbs with LED or energy saving ones will also help a great deal. They’ll light up just as bright and use a lot less energy to power them up.
3. Reduce, reuse, recycle!
Food waste costs the average person in the UK around £200. (Statistic from bbc.co.uk.) That’s a lot of money! If we don’t act, it wouldn’t be surprising if that number increased further. To make things easier to manage, we should only buy what we need to buy. That means lowering the amount of food we buy at the supermarket and ensuring we don’t buy more than enough. Use by dates always seem to be the thing that puts people off eating food, but actually, most food will be fine, even a few days after. Don’t forget to recycle packaging from anything you can too, including plastics, metals and cardboards. Keeping this mentality when running your home will help you gain that eco-friendly status a lot quicker.
4. Turn down your thermostat.
The greatest trick in the eco-friendly book could possibly be turning down your thermostat. Reducing it by as little as 1 degree can give you a yearly saving of £85, (statistic from energy-uk.org.uk) and you’ll not even feel the difference in temperature! Turning it down even more and putting on a few extra layers instead is sure to give you a nice surprise when your bill arrives.
5. Out with the old in with the new!
If you’ve got an old boiler that forever seems to be giving you issues, now’s the time to invest in a new one. It may be a more pricey solution in the short term, but in the long term, it will definitely save you a lot more energy and stress! The same goes with those annoying dripping taps; the constant drip is such a waste of water. You can now choose water saving taps for your home which will not only fix that drip but will also save water and reduce your bill amount each year.
Transform your home into an eco-friendly environment.
Following these steps or at least taking a little inspiration from them can really help you stay green. Start small and before you know it, you’ll be the king or queen of eco-friendliness! Do you have any other tips or ways of life that will encourage people to be more conscious about their energy usage? Share your views in the comments!
This post was in collaboration with Rix, providers of domestic heating oil and fuel to homes and businesses across the UK. For more information on their services or to make an enquiry, visit their website: https://www.rix.co.uk.